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e-News September 24th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
September 24, 2015
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Upcoming Events
9/24/2015
Spirit and Pride Dress
Wear Spirit & Pride or your Homecoming t-shirt with "outta uniform" bottoms

9/24/2015
Powder Puff Game - Evening

9/25/2015
Homecoming Pep Rally - Special Schedule - regular 2:30 pm dismissal

9/25/2015
Varsity Homecoming Game

9/26/2015 
Homecoming Dance

9/30/2015 
Choral Concert - 7:00 pm

10/2/15
Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
(Full-Registration Closed) 

10/3/2015
Spartan Alumni Extravaganza 
3:00-9:30pm

10/3/2015
3 Practice ACT Exam (no cost) administered by Kaplan - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - North Wing
 
10/5/2015
All School Liturgy - Feast of St. Francis
 
10/6/2015
College Financial Aid Information presented by The College Planners, Inc. - 7:00 p.m. - Kuhn Cultural Arts Center

10/7/2015
Executive Function Workshop for Parents and Students presented by Nurturing Wisdom - 5:30 p.m. - Rosmonowski Room
 
10/8/2015
 Jostens Senior Cap, Gown & Announcement Assembly
 
10/8/2015
 First Quarter Ends
 
10/12/2015
Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Note from the Principal
Congratulations to the following seniors who were recently named as a Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 PSAT test. Our Commended Students for the Class of 2016 are:
Radha Deshmukh
Julia Nauman
Nicholas Rueth
Colin Smith
Andrew Szewczyk
Emily Whiteside 

Blessings to you and yours,

Raeann Huhn 
Principal   
St. Francis High School
Homecoming Dance Reminders from the Dean: 
Students not in school the day before a dance held on a weekend may not be admitted to that dance. With the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night, students need to be in school all day Friday September 25 and they must arrive before 8:30 am to be eligible to attend.
The Dancing:
Expectations:
St. Francis acknowledges there are popular dance and music styles; it is still the expectation that students' behavior at dances reflects the values of the school. Students must demonstrate appropriate behavior and respect for your peers relative to space and actions on and off the dance floor. Students must refrain from any physical contact that is sexually explicit in its nature and/or a flagrant display of affection. (i.e.- front to back dancing, grinding, roaming hands, etc...)
Consequences:
If any chaperone determines your behavior on/off the dance floor is inappropriate, they will remove you from the dance floor immediately. Once you are removed from the dance floor, your parents will be called and you will be sent home. If your parents cannot be reached, you will remain in the office until 9:30 p.m., at which time you will be asked to leave.

All students are expected to dress appropriately and cooperate with St. Francis High School rules and procedures. Modesty is always the best policy.
TUITION RAFFLE
Early Bird Drawing

Have you purchased your raffle tickets for the chance to win Free Tuition for one student for the 2016-2017 school year?

Did you know there will be an Early Bird drawing on October 15th for everyone who has purchased a ticket where one lucky winner will win $2500?

Visit the raffle table at upcoming home Football games to purchase tickets! Or return your payment with completed tickets to the main office, or

15 Tickets are $200      6 Tickets are $100      1 Ticket is $20

The Grand Prize will be drawn at the annual auction in March.
Winner need not be present to win. All raffle prizes are subject to state & federal taxes.

Please contact Mike Plamondon with any questions plamondonmikea@aol.com or 847-212-1538
Fathers' Club Social Meeting
Calling all Fathers' Club members! The next Social Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm at Warren's Ale House in Wheaton Town Square. Join us to hear our guest speaker, Sports Commentator Mike North.  Mike North is an American radio sports personality working for Clear Channel Communications as a co-host with Andy Furman on Fox Sports Daybreak. North currently writes a column, The Rebel Inside, twice a week for the Daily Herald.  Mike will break down the challenges of your beloved Bears and provide commentary related to all things Chicago Sports.  Bring a friend and join us for a night out.
Adventure Club
The Adventure Club has some exciting events planned for the rest of this fall and winter. October 27: Indoor Rock Climbing; November 13: Laser Quest & dinner at Portillo's; January 14: Indoor Skydiving at iFly Naperville. Registration is limited to 14 participants per event and registration is open NOW. Please see Ms. Fairhead for forms & details.
Week of Hope Summer Service Trip
Indianapolis, Indiana-June 26-July 1, 2016
Five days of service. A lifetime of rewards.
Week of Hope is an opportunity for you to work with others to serve people in need. You'll practice Christ-like empathy and compassion as you meet the spiritual physical, and emotional needs of disadvantaged children, youth, and adults. 
$350 per person includes travel (by SFHS bus), lodging, meals and a night out in Indy
$50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT* to reserve your spot due with the form found on our website
NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
Questions? Want more info?
Contact Michael Page mpage@sfhscollegeprep.org
Fathers' Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Please join us on Saturday, October 10th from 9-11:30AM at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our first serve of the year. A core value we have at St. Francis is to live out the gospel and serve those that are the "least of these" as Jesus calls us to do. The NIFB serves over 70,000 people each week and over 590,000 people per year! In Northern Illinois, 1 out of 5 children face hunger and need assistance. NIFB has a major need to fill volunteer slots and we are committing to provide 50 volunteers. Hope to see you there!

To sign up, contact Mark Petersen at markapetersen72@aol.com

Spartan Alumni Extravaganza 
October 3, 2015
3:00-9:30pm
Do you know where all the Spartan Alumni will be on Saturday, October 3, 2015? Well, we do. They will be at the event that will be talked about all over social media.You do not want to miss this event - the First Annual Spartan Alumni Extravaganza! 

Several alumni are working hard getting ready for this event. We will celebrate together in a Mass on the Grass, tour all the wonderful new additions to and old stomping grounds of St. Francis High School, meet and greet both old and new teachers, catch up with old friends over pizza and drinks, and much, much more. 

No one wants to be left out of this Extravaganza. We need your help in spreading the word about this exciting and new event. Please pass along this information to all of your classmates and friends. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping to plan, sponsor or contact alumni about this event, please contact Colleen Clark at spartanalumniextravaganza@gmail.com
 

Please Click Here to Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 3rd.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available for this Event 

Please Click Here to make Online Sponsorship Donation.
Executive Functioning Workshop
A hands-on workshop for parents and students in grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
at St Francis High School
Cost: $50 per student/parent team

Many students need help developing executive functioning skills like organization, time management, studying, and note-taking. These skills are often the missing link to success.
This practical and hands-on workshop offers a chance for parents and students to:
  • Be introduced to executive functioning skills
  • Organize binders and school materials
  • Learn study and note-taking skills
  • Build effective homework routines
  • Get tips and tricks for managing time effectively
To learn more, contact Mrs. Rupp at arupp@sfhscollegeprep.org or Jeanne Rerucha from Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring Services at 312-260-7945x7 .
College Essay Preparation Tips Night
September 28 at 7 P.M.
St. Francis High School is sponsoring a College Essay Preparation Tips Night on Monday, September 28 at 7 P.M. in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. It is open to all students and parents. An admissions counselor from the University of Chicago will discuss topics specifically dealing with:
  • Writing essays for the common application
  • Personal statements
  • Essay Prompts
  • Examples of good and bad college essays.
  • The general admission process for highly selective colleges.
  • How to make a college application unique and standout.
Please contact Adam Lindley in the counseling office if you have any questions.

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